Kirkwall RNLI tasked to injured elderly walker on shore

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Kirkwall's volunteer crew launch to assist with injured casualty

MARGARET FOSTER departing Kirkwall on service

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirkwall lifeboat heading out on service this afternoon
The all-weather lifeboat MARGARET FOSTER launched this afternoon (Monday 14 June) shortly before 1.30pm at the request of UK Coastguard to assist Police Scotland and a Coastguard team with an injured casualty on the shore at Evie on the west mainland of Orkney.

The lifeboat arrived on-scene at 2.00pm where they launched their small Y'boat with 2 persons onboard and transferred to the shore with a stretcher and medical kit.

Once the crew were ashore the injured casualty was already being stretchered to safety by the Coastguard team and once all was confirmed as safe the lifeboat was stood down.

The lifeboat crew recovered their equipment and Y'boat and returned to Kirkwall shortly after 3.00pm where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 3.30pm.

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